Dutch Treats


Netherlands – On 19 June 2017, PostNL issued the Dutch Treats stamp sheetlet. A sheetlet of ten stamps, each with a Nederland 1 value denomination, depicting the delicacies of different towns and regions throughout the Netherlands.

The sheetlet will depict the following typical Dutch Treats: Bossche bol (cream-filled pastry covered with chocolate), Limburgse vlaai (fruit tart), Drents kniepertie (thin waffle biscuit), Fries suikerbrood (sweet bread), Zwolse balletjes (traditional sweets), Goudse stroopwafel (syrup-filled waffle biscuit), Zeeuwse bolus (spiral-shaped pastry), Groningse eierbal (Scotch egg), Amsterdamse ui (pickled onions) and Tielse kermiskoek (honey cake). Most of these foods can also be bought outside their home regions, but not all. For instance, the Zwolse balletjes are only available in their home town. The ten treats have been selected in consultation with the Dutch Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in Utrecht.

The ten treats are depicted using colour photos that fill the Dutch Treats stamp sheetlets. Each treat is photographed held in one or two hands, mostly in combination with a dish, plate, cloth, box or pot. The person behind the treat is visible, but not recognisably so. All the photos overlap onto the tabs above and below the stamps. Each treat is depicted in the centre of the photo and each stamp has been given a different background colour. The tabs next to the stamps contain a brief description. The name of the treat is given in the bottom right-hand corner of each stamp. The font used is Neutraface, a design by Christian Schwartz for House Industries dating from 2002.

Issue Date: 17.07.2017
Designer: Joost Overbeek of studio Overburen in Amsterdam
Printer: Joh. Enschedé Security Print, Haarlem
Process: Offset
Size: Stamp: 25 x 36mm, Sheet: 150 x 108mm